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By now you’ve probably heard about the new processes coming to all AP schools in 2019-20.

Here’s what AP Computer Science Principles teachers can expect:

  • Starting in August, you’ll have access to a new resource: the AP Classroom system with an AP question bank.
  • You’ll need to complete a simple digital activation process to access the new system.
    • This will help your students register for their exams. Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections in the system and these sections will carry over to the Digital Portfolio.
    • When students enroll in your class sections in the system, their enrollment will carry over to the AP Digital Portfolio. Your students will still use the AP Digital Portfolio to submit their final performance tasks, and you will still use the AP Digital Portfolio to monitor the progress of students' final submissions.
  • There won't be any updates to the AP Computer Science Principles course and assessment for the 2019-20 school year. (As you’ve probably heard, there will be updates for the following school year, in 2020-21.)
  • If you’re teaching a new AP CSP course, you‘ll need to submit a syllabus for the 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.

For details, see the personalized timeline below.

Coming in August: AP Classroom and Question Bank

The AP Classroom system includes an AP question bank, an online library of AP Exam questions. You’ll be able to quickly find questions indexed by course topics and skills, create customized tests, and assign them online or on paper. These tests will enable students to practice and get feedback on each question.

After your AP coordinator sets up your class sections—this will automatically enable the AP Digital Portfolio for your students—you can access them in AP Classroom.

Key Dates for AP Computer Science Principles Teachers

School Year 2018-19

  • The AP Course Audit opens for 2019-20, a few months later than usual.
  • If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP CSP course, you can have your course renewed by your AP Course Audit administrator.*
  • If you’re teaching a new AP CSP course in 2019-20:
    • You’ll need to submit an AP Course Audit form and make sure it’s approved by your Course Audit administrator.*
    • You’ll need this form approved before you can access the AP Classroom system and question bank, which become available in August 2019.*
    • You’ll also need to submit a syllabus by October 1, 2019. For more information, visit the AP CSP Course Audit page.*
  • A video preview of the AP question bank is available.

Summer 2019

  • The AP Classroom system—including an AP question bank—becomes available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections, which will automatically enable the AP Digital Portfolio for your students. If your coordinator chooses not to create class sections, you can create your own in AP Classroom.*
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the AP Classroom system and will ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP CSP course in 2019-20, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.*
  • Familiarize yourself with the system and start exploring the AP question bank.
  • Access the AP question bank to see what questions are available for you to assign to your students for instructional and assessment purposes throughout the year.

2019-20 School Year

First Week of Class

  • Log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections (you may also receive them from your AP coordinator).*
  • Distribute join codes to your students and help them get into AP Classroom and enroll in your class section.*
  • Begin using the question bank.
  • By October: Work with your AP coordinator to ensure that all your AP students have joined your AP Classroom section.*
  • October 1: 
    • If you’re a new AP CSP teacher: Preferred deadline to submit your materials for the 2019-20 AP Course Audit in order to access the AP Digital Portfolio.*
    • If you’re a returning AP CSP teacher: Preferred deadline to have your course renewed.*
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams. 
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • April 30, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST: Final submission deadline for Create and Explore Performance Tasks in the AP Digital Portfolio.*
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

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